Definition of cross-fertilization in English:

cross-fertilization

noun

  • See cross-fertilize

    • ‘In this case it appears that male sterility caused self-fertilization to fail but some days later cross-fertilization took place.’
    • ‘Indeed, program sponsors and resource sponsors can also affect cross-fertilization of efforts within their domains.’
    • ‘A lot of ideas in science come when people come together, from cross-fertilization of ideas.’
    • ‘Flowers of this species are protogynous, visited by a good variety of insects, and capable of both self-and cross-fertilization.’
    • ‘While the flower is fully capable of cross-fertilization, the tree is so self-compatible that the majority of the fruits are usually self-fertilized.’

Pronunciation

cross-fertilization

/ˌkrɒsˌfəːtɪlʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/